I’ve always thought that Hop Along seemed like a pretty fun band, but nothing has made me want to hop in a van and go on tour with them like the new video they’ve shared today. As their extensive tour across the US following the release of their recent album Bark Your Head Off, Dog winds down, Hop Along has given us an insider’s look at their life on the road with a collection of grainy footage set to the track “Somewhere a Judge.” Continue reading →
Frances Quinlan sings like someone who loves singing. That’s not only to say that she has a clear talent for it, but also that her inflections are often adapted throughout Hop Along‘s performances — ever-changing, evolving, so songs always sound fresh and vibrant. At the band’s sold out headlining show at Union Transfer this Saturday night, in celebration of their new album Bark Your Head Off, Dog, hushed words became screaming anthems, better suited for live performance but also providing texture over the harmonies provided by Thin Lips’ Chrissy Tashjian. In addition to the band, the show featured low-hanging lights casting a moody glow on the stage, as well as guest appearances from the Philly band’s peers and friends (Kyle Pulley on tambourine, Cat Park on vocals), and a newly-brewed Hop Along IPA from nearby Love City Brewing on tap at the bar. Continue reading →
Hometown heroes Hop Along have been doing laps around Philly lately. Since releasing Bark Your Head Off, Dog on April 6 on Saddle Creek, the band played a Free at Noon set that same day, a sold-out surprise show at Johnny Brenda’s the following night, and have returned to the city after the first leg of tour in support of their third LP. The band plays Union Transfer this Saturday, May 19, a gig that’s been sold out for a minute now. Thankfully after the month-long tour, the band was still able to deliver a kick-ass set to the upstairs NonCOMM crowd Thursday night. Lead singer Frances Quinlan noted how nice it was to be back in Philadelphia: “It’s lovely, we just got home from tour yesterday.”
The XPN faves opened with “How Simple,” the lead track on their latest release plus one of our favorite music videos of the year so far. The track’s grooving tempo lead the crowd into an early-set dance party. Among the other four tracks to be performed from Bark Your Head Off, Dog, “How Simple” displayed the new direction the band took with their fourth album. Continue reading →
We couldn’t go more than a few weeks without sharing some more Hop Along news. When the band released their new record Bark Your Head Off, Dog earlier this month, they stopped by World Cafe Live to play Free at Noon, cramming four new songs into their short, 25-minute set. Hop Along appeared on and disappeared from the stage so quickly that day that we couldn’t help but want more. Well, here’s more — Hop Along’s performance was recorded for a World Cafe session, and later that same day, bandleader Frances Quinlan found some time to sit down with Talia Schlanger for an in-depth interview. The session aired last week and is available to stream below via NPR Music. Continue reading →
Yes, yes, we know. You’re probably getting tired of hearing us enthuse over Hop Along. To those sentiments we would ask the following: how? Why? And have you watched this sick new video for “How Simple” yet? Continue reading →
It seems like Hop Along is the busiest band in the world these days. They’ve been steadily rolling out singles from their new album Bark Your Head Off, Dog since January, and today that new record is finally out. Lucky for us, ahead of their quickly sold-out record release show tomorrow night, the band found time to stop by World Cafe Live for the second act of today’s Free at Noon doubleheader.
Hop Along has been a favorite of the Philly scene for quite some time — as vocalist/guitarist Frances Quinlan pointed out, she’s been playing under some variation of the band’s name for about 13 years. “That’s as old as an eighth grader,” Quinlan said, adding that Hop Along is having a much better eighth grade year than she did.
And after today’s show, we can certainly confirm that. This was Hop Along’s first hometown show since their appearance at last year’s XPN Fest, and the first time we’ve heard songs from the incredible new record live. It was also their first time performing as a five-piece — the band recently added Thin Lips’ Chrissy Tashjian as their touring guitarist/keyboardist.
Now, in addition to the band’s appearance in WXPN’s Free At Noon concert series on album release day, the band just announced a Saturday night throwdown at Johnny Brenda’s, the Fishtown music pub near and dear to the band’s hearts. Hop Along played a tremendous New Year’s Eve show there back in 2014, and frontwoman Frances Quinlan has taken the stage solo acoustic numerous times over the past few years. (She also just worked her last shift in the restaurant this past Saturday before heading out on a long run of touring.) Continue reading →
Anticipation for Hop Along‘s triumphant return is building quickly. The band has now shared three singles from their forthcoming album Bark Your Head Off, Dog — if you haven’t already been listening to “How Simple,” “Not Abel,” and “Prior Things,” I kindly suggest that you do that right now. The full album comes out next Friday, April 6. Continue reading →
The beginning of the new song “Prior Things” makes you pause and think “Whoa, this is Hop Along?” But by now we should be used to the band throwing unexpected twists and turns our way — and when Frances Quinlan starts to sing about fifteen seconds in, there’s no mistaking that this is Philly’s favorite band in full force. Continue reading →
Philly’s Hop Along will release its latest LP, Bark Your Head Off, Dog, on April 6th via Saddle Creek Records, and today the band released the latest teaser from the album.
“Not Abel” is a journey of a song in two parts. Opening as a stately, waltzing English folk ballad with immaculate string arrangements by Sarah Larsen of local folk faves Ladybird, the song progresses across lyrical images of war and poverty that could be the distant past as much as they could be today. Just before the three minute mark, a dissonant orchestral squall gives way to a rousing indie rock riff, and the song shape shifts into anthem territory for the last minute and 36. Continue reading →